Newsline / News

Fee Applied to R-11

September 5, 2011
KEYWORDS CFC / hcfc / refrigerants
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Warren Heeley, president of Refrigerant Management Canada (RMC), announced the implementation of a new disposal fee for CFC-11 refrigerant entering the extended producer responsibility (EPR) program. As of Aug. 1, 2011, RMC — a not-for-profit corporation established by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and the Canadian refrigeration and air conditioning industry — began charging an $8.00/kilogram disposal fee for CFC-11 refrigerants. The program has provided the industry with the means to comply with stewardship regulations in all provinces and at the federal level since 2001.

The program is funded by an environmental levy paid on sales of new and reclaimed HCFCs and HCFC blends. The phase down of HCFCs over the last six years has drastically reduced the revenue stream for the program, while volumes of surplus refrigerants entering the program continue to increase.

According to Heeley, “The RMC board of directors thoroughly explored every avenue before making the decision to apply a disposal user fee to CFC-11 refrigerant and determined it was necessary to ensure the continued operation of the program. RMC will continue to subsidize approximately 50 percent of the cost of collecting and destroying the CFC-11 refrigerant, but can no longer absorb the entire expense, as it has done for the past 10 years.”

Recently, RMC has been very concerned with provincial regulations phasing out the use of CFC chillers. Because of these regulations, the program is receiving record volumes of CFC-11. In 2009-10 the program collected over 347,000 kilograms and destroyed over 299,000 kilograms of refrigerant. In 2010-11, it collected over 370,000 kilograms and destroyed over 399,000 kilograms. This amounts to an average increase in volume of 9 percent per year over the last two years and the additional volume has placed considerable strain on the program.

According to RMC, contractors should take this disposal fee into account when developing projects involving the recovery of CFC-11 refrigerant. Contractors must also deal directly with RMC to arrange for acceptance of recovered CFC-11 refrigerant into the program.

Publication date: 09/05/2011

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 MCAA Annual Convention

Scenes from the 2014 MCAA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.


NEWSmakers: Julian Scadden

Training is an ongoing process. Julian will discuss how you can generate maximum return on time and energy invested training by following a three part process. Listen to this podcast to get expert tips on training, tracking and follow up. 

More Podcasts


NEWS 04-21-14 cover

2014 April 21

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Which statement on service calls best applies to your business?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con